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    Thus it was when the moment arrived of the heart’s bridal to more spiritual existence. When the door opened, 15I was waiting and watching; and, lo, the bridegroom came! The character of the Christ was illuminated by the midnight torches of Spirit. My heart knew its Re18deemer. He whom my affections had diligently sought was as the One “altogether lovely,” as “the chiefest,” the only, “among ten thousand.” Soulless famine had 21fled. Agnosticism, pantheism, and theosophy were void. Being was beautiful, its substance, cause, and currents were God and His idea. I had touched the hem of Chris24tian Science.

The Great Discovery

24:1It was in Massachusetts, in February, 1866, and after the death of the magnetic doctor, Mr. P. P. Quimby, 3whom spiritualists would associate therewith, but who was in no wise connected with this event, that I discovered the Science of divine metaphysical healing which I 6afterwards named Christian Science. The discovery came to pass in this way. During twenty years prior to my discovery I had been trying to trace all physical effects to 9a mental cause; and in the latter part of 1866 I gained the scientific certainty that all causation was Mind, and every effect a mental phenomenon.

12    My immediate recovery from the effects of an injury caused by an accident, an injury that neither medicine nor surgery could reach, was the falling apple that led me to 15the discovery how to be well myself, and how to make others so.

    Even to the homœopathic physician who attended me, 18and rejoiced in my recovery, I could not then explain the modus of my relief. I could only assure him that the divine Spirit had wrought the miracle — a miracle which later 21I found to be in perfect scientific accord with divine law.

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